May 2018

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There are certain racing daydreams worth indulging. One of the most intriguing, if ultimately pointless, is what I like to call the ‘mixed-era mash up’ – or MeMu for short. This is when you imagine a...
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Purists may scoff, but electric racing is spreading to all areas of motor sport Rarely a month goes by without some kind of announcement concerning the brave new world of electric motor sport. The...
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Formula E prepares to take its next major step The Gen2 Formula E that will come on stream for the start of season five of the FIA championship this autumn doesn’t look like a racing car as we know...
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Testing in Barcelona revealed a potential Ferrari weakness that could lead to Mercedes dominating once again Regardless of what pre-season testing did or didn’t tell us about the competitive order...
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Stars come out to celebrate much loved circuit’s anniversary Morecambe and Wise, Fry and Laurie – erm, Murray and Mansell… OK, as double acts go Nigel Mansell and Murray Walker may be relatively new...
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The gaps in the historic racing calendar Goodwood, Silverstone, Thruxton, Oulton Park and Brands Hatch show that the British historic racing scene is in fine fettle. Owners of historic racing cars...
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...in February, at least. Things that caught the eye while the sport was mostly still dozing   Blame the ‘Beast from the East’, Storm Emma and their consequent snowdrifts. This month’s column should...
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The versatile Chris Alford, on the cusp of his 52nd season The name will be familiar to anybody who has watched historic racing these past 35 years, though his latest acquisition might not. Chris...
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Britain’s round of the World Rallycross Championship is shifting from spiritual home Lydden Hill to Silverstone Silverstone has pulled out all the stops as it hosts the British round of the World...
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Confirmed guests include Adrian Newey, Gordon Murray, Richard Attwood and Derek Bell Join us for an awards evening like no other, taking place in the stunning Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Park...
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Liberty’s latest innovation is good news – for some Formula 1 is ramping up its move into the digital sphere with the announcement of a new ‘over the top’ platform. That’s streaming to me and you....
Project CARS has been busy building Porsche’s best As we’ve explained before on this page, the makers of Project CARS are just like you and me: proper motor sport fans. The latest pack released...
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For once it was the British marques that shone brightest at glitzy Geneva As a motor show, Geneva has long prided itself on its ability to fill the Palexpo exhibition centre with wall to wall glitz....
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A break-away series led by Ferrari might not be as outlandish as you thought. In fact, it might even save the sport. As the 2018 season begins, so does the countdown to 2021, when the next chapter...
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Progress has pushed us onto a treadmill of aerodynamics and fractional gains. Should we take a step back to a simpler time? Has downforce ruined motor racing? It’s an age-old question and one that’s...
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MotoGP is enjoying a golden age. The racing today is 55 times closer than it was back in the 1960s – and we have the numbers to prove it Every sport has its golden ages, when the planets align and...
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Thoughts on the ever-changing Formula 1 landscape, extended front-line careers and one particular fallen hero from the past One day in the noughties, Bernie Ecclestone seemed to be in a particularly...
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There was nothing agricultural about what was on show at the UK’s best historic motor sport show You’d expect me to say nice things about Race Retro now that it’s ‘powered by Motor Sport magazine’....
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Time isn’t of the essence I read with great interest Mark Hughes’ article on the recent driver choice dilemma facing Williams. Mark explains the difficulty in balancing commercial and sporting...
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As Thruxton prepares to mark its 50th anniversary, we are celebrating with a mini-series picking out highlights from bygone years. This month the spotlight falls on Formula 2 // ADVERTISING FEATURE...
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and JBR Capital steps in to back newly introduced award Princess is proud to continue its partnership with the Motor Sport Hall of Fame for the second year running. The premier yacht marque will...
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Keeping an eye on time: powerful players in the watch world CHRISTOPHER WARD There are plenty of collaborations between car and watch companies that don’t make much sense. If you make million-dollar...
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One of the most celebrated of all racing Porsche 911s is now just as it was at the time of its most famous victory, on the 1973 Targa Florio Imagine a new Porsche 911 RSR winning a round of the...
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Gijs van Lennep on the pride he feels at beating the sports-prototypes in ’73 Gijs van Lennep was not just the man who, with the late Herbie Müller, drove R6 to victory in the last proper Targa...
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Legendary Porsche engineer Norbert Singer on the RSR’s genesis Norbert Singer worked for Porsche for 40 years and had a hand in every one of its 16 Le Mans wins between 1970 and 1998. Given the...
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We meet the man behind one of the most famous racing liveries It began with a blank sheet of paper,” says Paolo D’Alessio, describing his iconic design. It seems a logical starting point, especially...
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In their perennial search for elusive hundredths, Formula 1 teams have embraced an unusually broad range of technical solutions this season. Here’s a glimpse at – and beneath – their cars’ carbon...
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Probably the only car on the grid not significantly influenced by last year’s Ferrari, the W09 stays with the W08 theme of long wheelbase (identical) and low rake, though the team says it will have...
The new Honda-engined car is an update of 2017’s STR12, still with high front wishbones. A Mercedes ‘cape’ vane beneath the nose and a much more intricate array of vanes ahead of the sidepod...
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Last year’s SF70H has proved to be one of the most influential designs of recent years, with almost every team now adopting its innovation of separating the side impact structure from the sidepod,...
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This car bears a close relationship to last year’s Ferrari SF70H, with its split side impact/sidepod structure and its high sidepod radiator openings. It’s very neat but at the time of writing looked...
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The now Renault-powered McLaren is visibly derived from the MCL32 but with much smaller/higher radiator intakes, giving an enhanced sidepod undercut and very, very tight packaging in plan view....
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The RB14 appears to be a beautifully integrated design, quite different from any of the others in the aerodynamic philosophy around the sidepods. It bears the hallmarks of a car with more Adrian...
Visibly this is not so different from the RS17. It has a slimmer nose, with McLaren-like slots in the underside to maintain good airflow to the floor and barge boards even as the car is turning. The...
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The VJM11 is very closely related to last year’s car, long in wheelbase (determined by the Mercedes gearbox), but with significantly smaller radiator inlets and more undercut sidepods. The radiator...
The Alfa-liveried car shows some very original solutions in sidepod layout. It has very high front suspension on hub extensions (as per Mercedes and Toro Rosso but taken to a greater extreme) and the...
Williams – under Paddy Lowe and Dirk de Beer – has gone for a radical difference from the last four years, surrendering the low-drag concept and going all-out for downforce. It’s another design very...
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It might have been an underdog, but a Mini 1275GT still humbled a few giants at the 76th Goodwood Members’ Meeting Of all the races held at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting, the Gerry Marshall Trophy...
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A resounding group of F5000 cars sang at full volume in memory of Henry Hope-Frost at Goodwood A unique part of every Members’ Meeting weekend is the inclusion of two high-speed demonstration...
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A new book celebrates one of the greatest engineering minds Britain has produced. Here, in an exclusive extract, we show how design genius Reid Railton became the brains behind Malcolm Campbell’s...
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It’s many years since he worked in Formula 1, but his time there was fruitful: McLaren and Ferrari; Senna, Prost and Lauda… How could it have been otherwise? For a young boy growing up close to the...
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Historic racing season surges into action as clubs, circuits, competitors and fans meet to whet appetites for the year ahead Packed halls, packed action on the asphalt and the Motor Sport Live Stage...
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The story of NASCAR’s first African American star isn’t widely known, but it’s gradually getting the traction it deserves – and has helped one of stock car racing’s brightest rising talents Rookie...
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BMW has found a rich seam of form over recent years, but can the newest M5 be all things to all men? I didn’t like the last BMW M5. It was the first of its kind to be turbocharged and compared to the...
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With no more Porsche diesels, hybrid power is the only way to go Porsche has taken the rather bold decision to suspend sales of its diesel-powered cars, and focus its attention on hybrids instead. So...
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Land Rover’s works-engineered 400bhp Defender is every bit as nuts as it sounds  There are few better ways of illustrating the relativity of speed than a couple of hours behind the wheel of a 70th...
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A road-going hypercar with celebrity history Some say it’s the fastest car around the Top Gear track and features a 4163cc, twin-turbo, intercooled version of Audi’s V8 engine. All we know is it’s...
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This isn’t any DB4 GT Zagato, it’s the DB4 GT Zagato The racing car known to fans simply as 2VEV is to go under the hammer later this year and experts predict it could shatter the record for a...
Graeme Hunt turned his passion into a business Graeme Hunt focuses on selling unusual cars to buyers all over the world from his Kensington dealership. He started Graeme Hunt Ltd in 2001, but this...
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Fewer cars shifted at Amelia Island this year, but some big numbers were still achieved Bad weather didn’t catch out purchasers over the major auction weekend at Florida’s Amelia Island Concours,...
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Car specialist at the auctioneers Gooding & Co Amelia was very solid, with a 95 per cent sell-through rate. Amelia buyers are diverse; it draws well nationally but is also accessible for European...
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Not just the States… France fell for the ‘Cobra’ too It’s easy to be dazzled by the Cobra legend – demure British sports car transformed by Texan Carroll Shelby into a tyre-shredding tearaway tearing...
How doing it for the love eventually reaped rewards for the Dutch Jaguar specialist The dealer Chardonnet was very active pushing the AC brand here and there is an active community of French AC...
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The Italian beauty that graduated to true stardom It didn’t need a starring role in a film to make it cool – the Alfa Romeo Spider arrived dripping with style, chic but cheeky, with thrusting nose...
Owner of Southwood Car Company and Alfa Romeo enthusiast Most sought after are 1968/69 cars; for a late Sixties car they’re a delight. The engine is alloy, they have a five-speed box, and they’re...
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Revered thanks to Jim Clark – and still in demand today The car above rolled off the Ford assembly line as a humdrum Cortina 1500 saloon, in dark green, and began its second life at the workshops of...
Long-time saloon ace on the lure of racing historic machinery I remember seeing Jim Clark in his Lotus Cortina at Brands Hatch when I was there spectating with my father in the early ’60s, and it’s...
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Warren Stean’s restoration of his ex-Barrichello F1 is almost over – all it needs now is a way of transporting it to the track The chassis work has all been done, at least as far as we can go without...
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The UK’s Arctic spring inevitably led to testing being postponed, but Geoff Gordon found time for some welcome tuition After months of watching the Sud come together, I was really looking forward to...
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An unexpected invitation to the Goodwood Members’ Meeting led to an emotionally charged race for Nick Trott If you read last month’s report, you may recall that the rebuild of the ex-works MGB I...
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Alfa Romeo Monza: The autobiography of the celebrated  2211130 Mick Walsh Another month, another Porter Press biography – the latest in a series that has become a byword for painstaking research....
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Featured artist: Roy Putt. Dogs, punk and mail order catalogues have all played a part in this career Punk rock isn’t usually a factor in motoring art, but for Roy Putt it hastened a career switch....
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Aoshima: Marcus Nicholls takes a look at Japanese street-racer cars from Shizuoka City ‘Aoshima Bunka Kyozai Co, Ltd’ – usually shortened to just ‘Aoshima’ – has been producing model car kits,...

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